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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (573 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Michael Walker Narrator: Lloyd James Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Laurel Canyon was the neighborhood perched above the clubs and record companies of Sunset Strip where Joni Mitchell, Jim Morrison, Graham Nash, Cass Elliot, Carole King, Don Henley, and Peter Tork, just to name a few, lived and collaborated to make an indelible mark on our music and our culture. Starting with The Byrds in 1965, these musicians began combining the effusive harmonies of folk music with the sounds of the British rock invasion. From their song craft was born the singer-songwriter movement and a new style of American pop that thrives on.

This is not only a history of an important period in rock music but also the story of what happened to the peace and love philosophy of the sixties, as hard drugs and easy sex began to take their toll and the gruesome Wonderland murders signaled the end of the era.

Listen to Lysa William's interview of the author, Michael Walker!

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  • "Laurel Canyon is hilarious and true and bittersweet.  Michael Walker catches the mood in the air, and gets it right...The interviews are wonderful...It's a beautifully written document of that time and place when the personalities were as big as those stony dreams that fueled some of the greatest masterpieces in rock."

    Cameron Crowe

  • “This production should appeal to any reader eager to study artistic flashpoints and to understand how artistic breakthroughs—whether the unique harmonies of the Mamas and the Papas or the dissonant chord progressions of Frank Zappa—are sometimes grounded in multigenerational influences.”


  • “Pop culture journalist Walker has written a fascinating study of the Los Angeles neighborhood in which he lives and its relationship to developments in American popular music in the late 1960s and early 1970s. Highly recommended.”

    Library Journal

  • “Walker’s chronicle…packs a lot of punch in audio. James’ modulated, occasionally reedy delivery enhances the ironic text in a manner worthy of the rock demigods the book limns. An excellent presentation of this bracing evocation of a storied time and place in pop-music history.”


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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Ikahana | 2/20/2014

    " Read it in part to prep for a now postponed trip to Southern California (but one that will happen), interesting look at the sex, drugs and rock and roll of what seems like such a simpler time. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Tom | 2/11/2014

    " Great tale of an important L.A. neighborhood both as birthplace of pop rock and as a window into the birth and death of a generation gone from idealism to decadence. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Magen | 2/9/2014

    " This is essential reading for anyone who loves rock and roll. I had no idea Laurel Canyon was such a haven for creativity in the 60's and 70's (I always thought it was just where John Holmes lived on Wonderland Ave!). When you realize that so many hugely important musicians lived there, Cass Elliot, Frank Zappa, Joni Mitchell, David Crosby and Graham Nash, the list goes on and on, it's amazing this place isn't more famous. This book is FULL of funny, sad, shocking little vignettes about John Lennon, Warren Zevon and many more. Pretty good! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Nikki | 2/9/2014

    " I wanted it to be more interesting than it was. "

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